This season the Philharmonia Orchestra celebrates 70 years of exceptional music-making. In honour of our 70th birthday, we commissioned a series of films bringing together Philharmonia musicians and staff past and present to discover what life was like during the orchestra's early history. In this playlist we're also including a selection of archive films that share more about the Orchestra's rich history. Explore our timeline here: http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/70
Philharmonia players introduce their instruments, taking us through techniques and quirks as well as their personal relationship and the history of the instrument. The most in-depth set of Instrument Guides publicly available, these films are a valuable educational resource and a great next-step to the introductory videos from the iPad app The Orchestra produced by the Philharmonia.
Above all else, you will know the Philharmonia from its performances - recordings, staged productions, film scores, chamber music - these videos provide a small selection of films with Philharmonia players doing what they do best.
As both a lauded composer and a world renowned conductor, Esa-Pekka Salonen has a restless innovation that marks him as one of the most important artists in classical music. The Boston Globe has said that he displays "a kind of complete musicianship rarely encountered today."
Salonen is currently the Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor for London's Philharmonia Orchestra and the Conductor Laureate for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where he was Music Director from 1992 until 2009. His pieces Floof and LA Variations have become established modern classics, and new compositions continue to be performed around the globe.